Zion’s Labyrinth & Memorial Garden
Your Journey of Peace
You Are Invited
Zion Lutheran Church invites you to use “Your Journey of Peace” as often as you desire. Use it while you are on a walk, during your lunch time, before or after work, ir whenever you feel the need or desire.
The Labyrinth and Memorial Garden are located near the eastern edge of the church property at 8500 Hillside Trail in Cottage Grove. You are welcome to park in the adjacent parking lot and also to use the nearby picnic table to eat lunch or to just sit and relax.
How to Walk the Labyrinth
There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. It is like taking a walk with God. It will affect each person differently and may even affect the same person differently each time they walk it.
The “journey in” to the center of the labyrinth can be a time to shed distractions and release your thoughts. The “center” may be a place and a time to be open to God or to receive. The “journey out” may also be a transition again, a gradual return to daily life.
Walk with an open mind and an open heart. You may walk with a prayer, a concern or a problem you wish to lift up to God. You may wish to pause as you enter or exit, or walk around the perimeter to prepare or to reflect.
Your labyrinth walk is as individual as you are. There are no rules to follow, just respect for the place and for others who are on the path. If you encounter another on the path, momentarily step aside or adjust your path to allow each to make their own journey.
Ideas for Walking the Labyrinth
- Clear your head to allow God to meet you.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
- Pray for peace, peace in your heart, peace in your family, peace in the world.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
- Pray for healing. Pray for God to be present in medical testing or treatments for yourself or loved ones. Ask God to guide the hands of those who administer treatment.
“I will bring health and healing. I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” (Jeremiah 33:6)
- Pray for forgiveness. Think about things you have done that have been hurtful to others or have damaged your relationship with God. Ask for forgiveness of specific sins. Ask God to lead you in restoring relationships.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)
- Recite a favorite verse or verses as a prayer as you walk.
- Sing a favorite hymn or spiritual song that connects you to God.